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Break out your red, white and blue gear. It’s time to celebrate the Fourth of July. Here is a compilation of local festivities.

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The tranquility of the Cleveland Metroparks is something area residents know and love, and many rely on it to provide grounding in a stressful world. On any given day, hundreds of runners, bicyclists and walkers populate the trails and walkways. Anglers dot waterline up and down the Rocky Ri…

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Keely Birsic of North Ridgeville received a Bachelor of Science degree from Westminster College at commencement May 11.

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For almost a decade, my old neighborhood in western Lakewood held a very popular, well-attended, three-street garage sale every June. I have fond memories (and lingering nightmares) about the days spent rummaging through my basement, kitchen cupboards, garage and closets selecting stuff to s…

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Nathan Greenberg and Bernard O’Doherty III, both of Westlake, received degrees from DePauw University at commencement May 19.

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Rocky River resident Shannon Vance, owner of Stash Style, and Lakewoodite Robin Sweeney, maven of Cosmic Collectibles and Cosmic Girl Goes Home, became fast friends on the challenging traveling antiques and flea market circuit.

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Hundreds gathered on Sunday for the annual Taste of Lakewood, an event featuring food from a dozen of the city’s top restaurants. The day included entertainment from the likes of Michael Stanley (pictured), and a small-but-packed lineup of vendors with items such as T-shirts, original art an…

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the new Cove Park, which has undergone a $700,000 revitalization. Family-friendly activities will be part of the celebration from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday with the ribbon cutting scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Commencement exercises were held May 25 at Lorain's Palace Theater for 137 seniors of Sheffield-Sheffield Lake's Brookside High School. Besides their high school diploma, five students earned an associate degree from Lorain County Community College for their participation in College Credit P…

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The Fairview Park school district named Mary Kurz, an educational aide at Fairview High School, as Employee of the Year and Sarah Eppler, a first-grade teacher at Gilles-Sweet Elementary, was awarded the Teacher of the Year.

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On any other day, drivers would moan if a lane of busy HIlliard Boulevard is closed. But on Saturday, May 18, a lane closing brought smiles as dozens of people poured out of cars, unloaded hundreds of flowers from their trunks and back seats and got busy planting.

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Five local students will soon swap their wardrobe of shorts and T-shirts for military uniforms. These students have been selected for appointments as cadets and midshipmen to three different federal service academies and will report for duty this summer. Of the five service academies in the …

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Don’t get me wrong. I love Cleveland. I love the summers, with their brilliant blue skies and puffy animal-shaped clouds (if you have a good imagination). I love fall, as we embrace sweaters and jackets and absorb the vibrants reds and oranges of trees bowing to the changing temperatures. I …

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Being reactive is easy. Being proactive, however, is harder because it requires thinking about what could happen —  and taking steps to prevent something negative. With that thought, we would like to give a huge shout-out of gratitude to the Westlake Police Department. As our reporter Michae…

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Michael Smigel of Avon and Jordan Jaeckin of Olmsted Township received degrees from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus at the 111th commencement ceremony on May 11. Jaeckin also was named to the university dean’s list for the spring semester.

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If you are a lover of history, you know the feeling: You are driving with purpose and suddenly you see a large, brown marker on the side of the road. Even if you are in a hurry, you pull over or make a U-turn. Those brown markers indicate something historical happened on that spot and you ha…

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It’s open concept, full of details that sneak up and surprise, and boasting high-end appliances, countertops and decorative elements. It’s the St. Jude 2019 Dream Home and, even though raffle tickets are sold out, it is worth a visit.

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Fourth-grade student Arun Suthaharan helps classmate Layla Solhdoost work on the “capstone” celebration of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. The project showcased the fourth graders’ learning and interests. This year, teacher Angie Gerhan’s class at Bassett Elementary …

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The Red Roof Inn and Super 8 motels off Interstate 90 offer customers convenience, an inexpensive place to stay and quick access to Cleveland.

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On Friday, I was putting together the story running in this week’s paper about Memorial Day parades, and I couldn’t help but flash back to being probably 8 or 9 years old in Fairview Park. The Memorial Day parade was THE BEST.

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The weather is predicted to be beautiful for the many parades planned in the Westshore communities to honor Memorial Day, a day set aside to honor and remember those who have died while serving in the Armed Forces. Here is a list of some of the parades.

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All libraries will be closed Sunday and Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

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Patience is a virtue, right? That’s a familiar phrase we all know. So is “Have the patience of Job.” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.”